State deadline passed for $5.5 billion budget - - Jackson, MS

State deadline passed for $5.5 billion budget

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The deadline has come and gone and state lawmakers still have not filed a $5.5 billion dollar state budget compromise.

Negotiators say they will continue talks over the next few days. By missing Saturday night's deadline, lawmakers will be forced to extend their session. They are not allowed to vote on budget bills during the final few days they are at the capitol.

Governor Haley Barbour did return to the state to help work on the budget.

The current three-month session is scheduled to end Saturday.

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